This time it's a federal level .... Refer: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/ja/releases/2004/November/joint2_2004.htm Note: ATC (Australian Transport Council) is made up of (only) the commonwealth and state based transport ministers. "Australia's transport ministers have endorsed a new National Road Safety Action Plan for 2005 and 2006, which sets out a series of measures for governments to adopt to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads. The Australian Transport Council (ATC), which consists of the Australian, state and territory transport and roads ministers, endorsed the plan today. It was released by the Acting Prime Minister, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd. Mr Lloyd said the Government's objective was to reduce the national road fatality rate from 9.3 deaths per 100,000 people to no more than 5.6 deaths per 100,000 by 2010. "We have reduced the fatality rate substantially since 2000, but we need to do more. Every death on our roads is a tragedy, and every death on our roads is avoidable," Mr Lloyd said. "An important aim of the new action plan is to introduce the 'Safe System' concept as an overarching framework for guiding decisions on road safety issues. This systems-based approach emphasises the way the different elements of the road transport system combine and interact with the behaviour of road users to reduce the number of crashes," he said. Mr Anderson said the measures put forward in the plan focused on improving the safety of our roads, reducing speeding, making vehicles safer and helping Australians drive better. "In addition, the Australian Government will invest $12.5 billion in Australia's roads and railways over the next five years under AusLink, our visionary land transport plan. Our investment will build better, safer roads across the whole country," Mr Anderson said. The measures set out in the National Road Safety Action Plan for 2005 and 2006 include: * The maintenance and extension of the Australian and state government black spot programmes. The Australian Government has already announced that we will extend the National Black Spot Programme for a further two years, from 2006-07 to 2007-08, at a cost of $90 million; * The implementation of the AusRAP system, which will assess roads according to the risk of serious crashes and provides a 'star' rating; * The introduction of frontal identification for motorcycles; * The selective extension of 40 kilometre per hour urban speed limits to more areas of high pedestrian activity; * Accelerating the introduction of audible seat belt warning devices for all new vehicles; * An investigation of the potential for in-vehicle technology to improve compliance with speed limits, such as changes to speedometer displays and maximum speed limiting. However, the Australian Government will not mandate the installation of this equipment; * Examining the case for daytime running lights on all new vehicles; * The more extensive use of alcohol interlock programmes to change the behaviour of repeat drink-driving offenders; and * The introduction of a large scale trial for a national, compulsory driver education scheme for all new provisional licence holders. The Australian Government will work with the states and territories to roll the scheme out nationally by 2007."